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May 20th, 2018

Stephens, Barty Headline Pre-French Events at Nurnberg, Strasbourg; WTA Previews

(2) Gavrilov starts against American Jennifer Brady and is then looking at the veteran Stosur in the second round, which would be a rematch of last year’s final…

Posted by Staff @ 4:27 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

May 12th, 2018

Top Seeds Halep, Wozniacki in Deep at Italian Open; Preview

Tough starts went to (1) Halep vs. the Azarenka-Osaka winner, (13) Keys vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (9) Stephens vs. the crafty Strycova, (3) Muguruza vs. the Gavrilova-Bellis winner, (16) Barty vs. Sharapova…

Posted by Staff @ 4:52 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

February 18th, 2018

Svitolina, 6 of Top 10, Loaded Floaters Field at WTA Dubai

The field loaded with floaters includes tough starts for (8) Mladenovic vs. (WC) Osaka, then the winner of Kvitova-Kontaveit; (7) Konta vs. the veteran Pavlyuchenkova then the winner of Radwanska-Kasatkina; (5) Garcia vs. Safarova; and (2) Muguruza vs. the Mertens-(WC) Bellis winner…

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January 29th, 2018

New World No. 1 Wozniacki and Strong Field at WTA St. Pete; Preview

Three Top 10ers in the field, including the new world No. 1 and Australian Open champion Wozniacki…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Interesting starts for (8) Kasatkina 2nd rd. vs. the Barthel-Cornet winner, (4) Mladenovic vs. the Sorana Cirstea-Cibulkova winner, (6) Pavlyuchenkova vs. Makarova, (3) Garcia vs. Bacsinszky making her 2018 debut, (7) Vesnina vs. (WC) Kvitova (winner to meet Begu), and (2) Ostapenko vs. the former world No. 2 (WC) Zvonareva vs. Bertens winner…

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January 12th, 2018

Preview: Serena Out; Women’s Australian Open Likely to See a 1st-Time Winner

(5) Venus vs. Bencic the must-watch 1st rd. match in Melbourne…Other tough starts for (31) Makarova vs. Begu, and the injury-hampered (13) Stephens vs. Zhang, who she has previously lost to…

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 2:08 pm in Australian Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 19th, 2017

Radwanska, Kvitova, Stephens, Bouchard Highlight WTA New Haven; Preview

Tough starts for seeds (1) Radwanks vs. (WC) Bouchard, (5) Vesnina vs. (WC) Stephens, and (7) Strycova vs. the rising Russian Kasatkina…

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July 29th, 2017

Muguruza, Kvitova, American Contingent Come Out at WTA Stanford; Preview

Only one Top 10 player in Muguruza, but the former Wimbledon champion Kvitova, Sharapova returning from injury and young American seeds Keys, Vandeweghe and Bellis make for an interesting field…

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June 30th, 2017

Preview: Serena You are Missed at Wimbledon; 5 Players Vie for No. 1

(2) Halep could be up against it with an early road of qualifier and two-time grasscourt doubles winner Marina Erakovic, then Brit Laura Robson, then Bouchard

Posted by Staff @ 11:33 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 2 Comments »

June 25th, 2017

Preview: Kerber, 8 of Top 10; Djokovic at Combined ATP/WTA Eastbourne

Potential tough starts for (1) Kerber vs. homegirl (WC) Broady, (10) Ostapenko vs. Makarova, (3) Pliskova vs. the Riske/Cornet winner, (8) Radwanska vs. the Goerges/Bellis winner, (11) Muguruza vs. Bouchard, and (6) Wozniacki vs. the Japanese riser Osaka…

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June 18th, 2017

Kerber, Azarenka, Kvitova This Week at Birmingham, Mallorca; WTA Previews

Victoria Azarenka returns to the tour after giving birth to her son, Leo, and Sabine Lisicki also makes her 2017 debut after a shoulder injury suffered last November…

Posted by Staff @ 12:44 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 7th, 2017

Russian Pavlyuchenkova, German Qualifier Barthel Claim WTA Titles

“I want to say good job to this girl,” Schiavone said. “When I met her, she was 19 years old and we were playing doubles! She grew up a lot [over the] years…congratulations, I think you deserve much more.”

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May 6th, 2017

Sharapova, Konta Face Tough Starts at WTA Madrid; Preview

“It’s a very difficult [opening] match,” Konta said of Siegemund. “I’m playing someone, Laura, who’s coming off a great result in Stuttgart. She beat a lot of great players so I know she’s playing well on this surface. I’m looking forward to the challenge, to play someone who’s playing well on this surface and improve my game as well.”

Posted by Staff @ 4:13 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 29th, 2017

Pliskova Headlines Prague, Bacsinszky Defends at Rabat; WTA Previews

Pliskova the lone Top 10 player, but the former No. 1 Wozniacki and the former Slam winner Stosur also among the seeds…Interesting starts for (1) Pliskova vs. the tenacious Giorgi, and (3) Strycova vs. the somewhat-resurgent Goerges…

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April 9th, 2017

Pavlyuchenkova Keeps No. 1 Kerber Winless in WTA Monterrey Final

The Russian denied the world No. 1 Kerber her first title of the season, racing to a 5-0 lead in the final set before closing it out.

Posted by Staff @ 9:52 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

March 15th, 2017

Kerber Crashes Out Of Indian Wells To Vesnina; Muguruza v Pliskova In QF Wednesday

In women’s quarterfinal play Wednesday, it’s Muguruza-Pliskova and Pavlyuchenkova-Kuznetsova.

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